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Aging Workforce: problem or opportunity?
Statewide conference addresses business impact; shares strategies
(Hartford, CT) September 1, 2005 - An American turns 50 years old every 7 seconds. According to AARP, it is estimated that by 2006, 40 percent (68 million) of the U.S. Workforce will be age 45 and over; many will postpone retirement and continue to work either full or part-time. The combination of demographics and the knowledge economy is creating a threat to business performance in many industries and companies. On September 29, 2005, The Summit on the Aging Workforce will give Connecticut business and civic leaders the opportunity to learn best practices, talk to experts, and share ideas on managing talent in this new era. The Summit will be held at the Connecticut Grand Hotel, 3580 East Main Street in Waterbury from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. International consultant, author, and researcher at the MIT AgeLab, Dr. David DeLong will deliver the keynote presentation: “Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce: A Framework for Action.”
Executives from Northeast Utilities Systems (Berlin), The Hartford Financial Services Group (Hartford), Adecco Staffing Services (Milford), The Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven), The Southern CT Gas Company (Bridgeport), High Ridge Management Resources (Trumbull), Zangari Hershman PC (New Haven), Marlin Firearms (North Haven), will offer cutting edge insight to attendees through panel discussions, networking sessions, and workshops. The Hartford and The Yale-New Haven Hospital are among the companies just named as “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” by AARP.
Workshop themes include: how to assess if institutional knowledge or talent will be lost as the result of an aging workforce; the laws and legislative initiatives affecting employment of older workers; and recruitment and retention strategies for older workers.
The Summit on the Aging Workforce is sponsored by The Connecticut Workforce Development Council, AARP, The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, and The Connecticut Departments of Economic and Community Development, Labor, and Social Services. The Connecticut Workforce Development Council includes Capital Workforce Partners in Hartford, Connecticut. AARP is a non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. The Summit on the Aging Workforce has been designated by the 2005 White House Conference on Aging as an Independent Aging Agenda Event.
Registration for the conference is $35; registration with purchase of Delong’s book, Lost Knowledge, is $58. For more information contact Joyce Barcley at (203) 610-8520 or visit www.workplace.org.
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NOTE: Keynote speaker Dr. David Delong is available for interviews prior to the conference at 978-369-5083.
AARP’s Connecticut Office Director Brenda Kelly is available for comment at 860-548-3161.
2005 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 news release is accessible at